The Gillette Workforce Center had a front row seat for the town’s coal woes.
The office has cream-colored walls, decorated with motivational posters and pictures of coal mines. Vermona Petersen is the manager of the center, which helps people find a new job.
“At the height of the layoffs last year, we were seeing between 250 and 300 people a day,” she said.
Wyoming coal mines laid off more than 450 workers last March amid financial troubles exacerbated by low natural gas prices and debt.